Clinics to provide maternity services
MATERNITY services will in future be available in health clinics from Arklow to Ballybrack to substitute for the removal of the facilities from St Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown.
All the pre-natal and post natal services will be available at these centres and will be serviced by consultant staff, according to the Chairman of the Local Health Advisory Committee, Dr Ray Hawkins.
He told a meeting last week that the clinics would cater for people who previously opted for St Colmcille’s and Holles Street hospitals. It would be monitored and may be extended. But Deputy Liam Kavanagh criticised the removal or services from Loughlinstown and said that people from all over the county, particularly Arklow were not satisfied with the change.
However, Dr Hawkins said that according to the board it would be very expensive to update the natal care at Loughlinstown to a standard expected in modern medicine.
‘ The number of deliveries required to update the service is 5,000 and the figures for Loughlinstown do not meet the target. In fact, Holles Street, Rotunda and the Coombe barely come within that figure,’ he said.